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tonight, are they closing in? an entire town now sealed off. the hunt for two escaped killers. the major highway shut down. police believe they spotted the place where the fugitives were sleeping. bloodhounds picking up their scent. tonight, the woman who worked at the prison, and her panic attack. breaking news in the case of the young boy shot dead in that park. the judge's ruling just in tonight involving two police officers. severe weather hitting now. 20 million at risk tonight, from the middle of the country, east. the tornado now confirmed in new york. late word of a new shark attack. another beach. this time a young girl. the third attack this season. and the deadly mers outbreak. the so-called superspreader. and the concern now here in the u.s. dr. besser is standing by.
good evening. and we begin tonight with new developments in that urgent manhunt for two convicted killers, now on the run for six days. tonight, authorities believe they could still be in an area within three miles of that prison. the small town in upstate new york under lockdown tonight. armed officers combing the fields the woods, going from door to door. families in fact receiving robo calls, surging them to stay inside. and major roads into the town shut down. every driver questioned. and tonight, we have new reporting on the prison worker the woman. and what they were investigating involving her and one of the prisoners, even before the escape. abc's gio benitez back in upstate new york for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an entire town cordoned off. road blocks, police checking every car. only residents allowed in. more than 500 officers involved in this massive manhunt. focusing an area just a few miles from the prison. sources telling abc news
bloodhounds picked up a strong scent last night and today, schools shut down. investigators are searching these dense woods by ground and by air. launching helicopters to get that critical bird's eye view all to find those prisoners. miles and miles of dark forest. the perfect hiding place. tonight, new york governor andrew cuomo says police are talking to several people who may have facile talted the escape. >> that is a crime in and of itself. and we will prosecute those people to the fully extent of the law. >> reporter: authorities tonight telling abc news there's a very real chance the murder rebels are on foot and still in the area possibly because their getaway car never showed up. sources tell us investigators have questioned prison employee joy mitchell about where she was supposed to drive that car on friday night and meet the murderers. but instead, checked herself into a hospital complaining of a panic attack. sources say in just the past year, prison officials investigated whether mitchell who supervises the prison's
tailor shop had a relationship with david sweat. bull concluded there was not enough evidence. in an interview with abc news sweat's mother begging her son to turn himself in. >> i love you and get back where you belong, before you get hurt. >> reporter: local officials tell us they think they found the spot where the prisoners spent some nights. but so much tonight still unknown. >> they could either be four miles from the prison or they could be in mexico. you just don't know. >> and gio is with us now live from upstate new york. gio, you reported there, more than 500 officers in that small town. you heard the governor there just a moment ago. are they really convinced the prisoners could still be there? >> reporter: well david, investigators are bringing in more and more flood lights. you can see one right there behind me. they are getting ready for a long, long night. >> just three miles from the prison. gio, thank you. to another developing story tonight. late world this evening of a judge's decision in the case in cleveland that sparked national outrage. the deadly police shooting of a
young boy in a park. 12-year-old tamir rice shot and killed. he was holding a pell let gun outside a recreation center. a judge today now ruling there is enough evidence to charge two officers in his death. abc's ron claiborne tonight on what happens next. >> reporter: in cleveland tonight, the stunning ruling by a local judge. that there is enough evidence to charge the police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old tamir rice with murder. the judge also saying there's probable cause to charge his partner with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. the judge ruling on a petition filed by local african-american act activists. the group saying it does not trust the criminal justice system to act fairly in this case. local prosecutors have yet to present the case to a grand jury. >> today, as citizens we are taking this matter and the matter of justice into our handles. >> reporter: tamir was shot by officer lowman back in november responding to a report of someone with a gun. it turned out tamir had what nonlethal plastic pellet gun.
that meerm's mother told "good morning america," she wanted to see both officers charged with murder. >> i'm looking for a conviction for both of the officers. >> reporter: although that petition demanded that the two officers be arested if there was a finding of probable cause, that will not happen. the judge saying only the prosecutors can do that. tonight, the county prosecutor's office says it will await the decision of a grand jury. that could be weeks or months away. >> ron, thanks. now, to the severe weather hitting at this hour. 12 states 20 million americans expecting major storms tonight. the images coming in from just the last 24 hours. incredible there, lightning blowing out transformers in florida. and this super cell filling the sky above colorado. and this is the map tonight. the severe weather concerns at this hour from colorado to michigan and now a tornado confirmed here in new york. here's meteorologist rob marciano. >> reporter: tonight, across a dozen states 20 million in the path of more severe weather. in the last 24 hours, more than
150 storm reports. torrential rain and windshield-shattering hail in illinois. >> hit off the windshield and kind of got pegged in the face and i'm like okay it's kind of getting dangerous. >> reporter: a tornado near rochester taking down trees. lightning blowing out transformers. and in the deep south, deep water. louisiana, along the red river, the highest the river has been in 70 years. the water flowing downriver from texas and oklahoma. from rains that fell in may. residents now waist deep, sandbagging, trying anything they can to hold back the flood water. >> right now, all we can do is wait and pray and stay hopeful. >> the flooding pictures are still just incredible. rob is with us now with the track for tonight. what are you watching? >> reporter: two big areas of concern, david. let's get right to the radar. storms are rolling across missouri. tornado watch for nebraska, iowa and missouri. now, a severe thunderstorm watch out, includes kansas city.
these storms will expand and get into the chicago, in through michigan by tomorrow morning. second area across southeast colorado into the texas panhandle. watches up there, as well. strong storms through the overnight. some of these will have damaging winds. the threat tomorrow there and across the lower great lakes, extending into upstate new york where we know tornadoes can happen, david. >> rob marciano, thank you. now to another train scare today. coming off the rails, two cars plunging off of a bridge. it happened on an overpass west of houston. one car stretched across the road there, blocking three lanes. we've seen so many train accidents in recent weeks. philadelphia and a string of others. abc's david kerley on this new accident and just how often this is now happening. >> reporter: the two frieght cars that jumped the tracks and tumbled off the bridge slammed onto a freeway below, right in the middle of rush hour. >> train wreck. >> they say it rammed into the back of some stopped cars. it derailed. >> reporter: the rail line doesn't know what caused the locomotive and nine cars to derail, but it is thankful. >> there were no vehicles passing underneath the bridge,
we are very thankful for that. >> reporter: no one hurt, no dangerous cargo. just a mess that shut down a busy roadway. we've seen those rare derailments of passenger cars. the amtrak train in philadelphia. but freight cars leaving the tracks like these blown off in new orleans, or those that are hit by vehicles in crossings. here in south carolina last month. this happens about three times a day. nearly 1,000 freight derailments last year. fortunately, like tonight, no loss of life. just inconvenience. david kerley abc news, washington. >> david, thank you. we have been reporting here on the growing concern over the deadly outbreak of mers. there are now fears this virus could spread here in the u.s. the cdc just today issuing a new warning to doctors to be on the lookout. and to new images coming in from south korea. at least ten dead now. more than 1,000 cases worldbide. workers wearing protective gear to spray down this subway. abc's linsey davis on the new
alert being irk shed edissuesd in the united states and why they're so worried tonight. >> reporter: panic tonight is evident on their faces in south korean airports, shopping districts and even elementary schools, young and old covering up with face masks in an attempt to protect themselves from contracting mers, the virus currently wreaking havoc in south korea. a disease so potent it's believed to be spread simply by coughing. mers, which stands for the middle east respiratory syndrome is a severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms that include fever, cough, shortness of breath pneumonia and kidney failure. today, the cdc issuing an urgent warning about the deadly disease as south korea battles a major outbreak. in the past two weeks, confirmed cases in south korea have skyrocketed to 122, and just today, they announced a tenth mers death. 3,800 more are quarantined. more than 2,600 schools closed. the fear is that just one person can cause an explosion of the virus. it's believed the first person
diagnosed in south korea may have spread the disease to more than 20 people who, in turn spread it to others. david? >> linsey thank you. let's get to dr. richard besser. we had two cases of mers right here in the u.s. last year alone. how we were able to contain it to two? >> reporter: well listen to this. what they think happened in south korea is a very contagious patient went to three different crowded hospital emergency rooms looking for treatment. infecting people as he waited. in our e.r.s we do a better job isolating people who haveless to arbitrary rez to arbitrary symptoms. >> rich thank you. now, to stunning testimony in washington today. the former green beret hero turn turned whistleblower. now saying the u.s. could be doing much more to free american hostages including an american woman, a mother a wife held captive with her baby and her husband by the taliban. abc's chief investigative correspondent brinl ross with the urgent plea to get them help. >> reporter: this american woman, caitlin coleman, and her
husband and infant son are hostages of the taliban tonight, because the u.s. botched a negotiation to free them. >> i am prisoner of the taliban. >> reporter: that was the stunning allegation today from a come bat-decorated green beret hero lieutenant colonel jason amerine, who ran a secret pentagon hostage rescue unit and today, broke ranks and went pen lick pen lick public before congress. >> i failed them. >> reporter: and the lieutenant colonel also said american hostage warren weinstein, accidentally killed in a u.s. drone strike on a taliban target, also could have been saved. but he testified, chaos and infighting in the obama administration, including between the pentagon and the fbi, crippled a plan to swap this convicted afghan drug lord for weinstein and six other hostages. >> warren weinstein is dead. i used every resource available but i failed them. >> reporter: weinstein's family had described to david muir the agony the family went through watching his pleas for help.
>> it's just heartbreaking, because he's asking for help and i can't give him any. >> reporter: after weinstein's death, the family publicly criticized the u.s. efforts to free him, as have the families of other american hostages who also have been killed. >> and brian is with us now. we reported here that the white house is reviewing the administration's hostage policy. do we have any idea when we're going to learn the findings? >> reporter: officials said results are expected soon likely in a week or two. and they stressed no effort has been spared or will be spared to try to save any american hostage. >> we'll stay on the case. brian, thank you. a stunning case this evening. recruiting for isis here at home. and this time it was a 17-year-old american honor student, convicted. the student in virginia plead pleading guilty today,. abc's martha raddatz is with us live. martha it's the age that stands out here. the first juvenile convicted? >> reporter: we believe he is david. ali amin's lawyer says he is a
good kid, an honor student, but in court cede amin now admitting he was the secret voice on a pro-isis twitter account, trying to radicalize his thousands of follow earls, amin sending one isis recruit to syria, where that teen is still believed to be fighting with isis. amin's lawyer said that his client got caught up in his desire to topple the assad regime in syria, but said his actions were also due to his immaturity and social isolation. he could face 15 years in prison, david. >> all right, martha raddatz with us from washington. martha thank you. overseas tonight, a revelation in that terrible germanwings crash, that jet deliberately crashed. french prosecutors met with family members of the victims today, telling them that the co-pilot who crashed that jet, had seven doctors appointments just in the month before the flight and some doctors felt he was mentally unfit to fly. german privacy laws presented doctors from alerting the airline to their findings.
we turn next tonight to that dramatic rescue at sea in frigid alaska waters. the captain calling mayday. a crew member that can't swim. and with just seconds to spare, you'll see this here a decision that saves four lives. abc's neal karlinsky with the rescue team that made the differences between life and death. >> mayday myayday. we are taking on water over the stern. >> reporter: tonight, four fishermen recovers after this rescue at sea. their sal mom fishing boat sinking nas ruch alaska waters and a coast guard helicopter has just arrived. >> one guile just went over. >> reporter: the four fishermen on board have put on survival suits, needed to stay alive in the freezing water. >> i've got one man that's pretty old and can't swim. >> reporter: the coast guard sends in a rescue swimmer, a sort of elite lifeguard of the sea, as we found out when we flew with them in alaska. what is it like having your legs dangle off the edge and jumping
out of a helicopter into the ocean? >> that's our job. >> got a good system going. >> reporter: one at a time each fisherman hoisted onto the hovering chopper. >> as we were getting the last person out of the raft a ship was actively sinking. rrm would a minute to spare, the 73-foot ship goes under. neal karlinsky, abc news seattle. >> neal thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the new shark attack. another beach this time and this time, a teenage girl. this is what's left of her boogie board tonight. and this evening, her condition and the other shark incidents just this season alone. the fight that broke out at a walmart. these two women, a young son joining in. tonight, the frustrated mayor now speaking out, saying walmart has to do something here that the police are overwhelmed. and the police dash cam video. the encounter with this lemonade stand? the little girls told they cono longer sell that they needed a permit. whoa. how this one ends and we want
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finally tonight here the lemonade stand the two little girls and the police who showed up to shut them down. all of it recorded on dash cam. who wins? here's david wright. >> reporter: dash cam footage of a shocking encounter with law enforcement. the suspects? sisters andria and zoey green. lemonade bootleggers. >> we had kettlecorn and lemonade. the lemonade was for 50 cents and the kettle corn was for $1. >> we were trying to raise some money so we could take our dad to splash kingdom. >> reporter: not so fast, said the overton texas police. >> it is a lemonade stand but we also have to have a -- we have a permit. >> did you get a permit from the
city to serve this? >> really? for a lemonade stand? ill had no clue. >> i think that i think that's ridiculous. they're just 7 and 8. they were just trying to make money. >> reporter: but the police chief stuck to his guns. >> we have to follow state health guidelines. >> reporter: closing the girls down until the health department can inspect their lemonade stand. >> reporter: this family posted this picture. on saturday, the lemonade will be free. tips optional. david wright abc news st. louis. >> we hope they get some tips. and game four of the nba finals tonight at 9:00 right here on abc. and we'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night.